Letter: Concord taxpayers deserve a break

Thursday, January 11, 2018
Concord taxpayers deserve a break

One of the many challenges that came this new year was the payment of your property taxes. The rate per $1,000 of assessment rose 57 cents from $27.67 to $28.24. The municipal portion of your bill went up 16 cents. The county tax dropped 4 cents (per $1,000). The state education tax also dropped – 9 cents. The most expensive part of your tax bill comes from the school district, which rose by 54 cents, all but 3 cents of the total increase.

This information is all based on the one-year change from January 2017 to January 2018. Just for perspective, the school portion of your tax bill five years ago in January 2013 was $10.50 per $1,000 compared to the current $13.24.

If this information raises a red flag for you, in this the year that the school board intends to add full-day kindergarten, then tell board members of your concern. Their contact information is online at sau8.org.

Tell them to find new revenues and cut the current budget in an amount equal to the cost of implementing full-day kindergarten (estimated at $1.2 million). Tell them to make the hard decisions inherent in making expensive changes. Tell them to give taxpayers a long-overdue break.